Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls may not have been the best advice, considering the utterly jaw-dropping beauty of some of these falls.
When it comes to the world’s most awe-inspiring and wondrous waterfalls, choosing the most beautiful is easier said than done. What’s more, many of the waterfalls on this list are impressive for different reasons. For some, such as Angel Falls and Kaieteur Falls in South America, it’s their remote location. For others, such as the mighty Victoria Falls and the iconic Niagara Falls, it’s their sheer scale. Still other waterfalls, including Croatia’s Plitvice Falls and Havasu Falls in the United States, are remarkable simply because of their distinctiveness.
While waterfalls can be found on every continent on the planet, some continents and regions seem more blessed with gushing falls than others. The relatively small country of Iceland, for instance, is home to some 30 or more major waterfalls, all of which are tourist destinations in their own right. Though New Zealand only snagged one entry on this list—Sutherland Falls—the country is estimated to be home to more than 200 waterfalls.
Of course, if you’re looking to go waterfall sighting, it’s better to plan your trip based on quality over quantity. If you don’t want to travel far, North America is home to plenty of waterfalls to get you started, and our country’s most iconic national parks, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, are some of the best places to get started.
Though the waterfalls pictured here are described in great detail, nothing compares to seeing them in person. You may have seen hundreds of pictures of Yosemite Falls, for example, but nothing will prepare you for the incredible panoramic experience of standing before the falls.
On that note, continue reading to find out which of the world’s waterfalls made our top 13 list.